Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel creates a select group of men who will count down the calendar to the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day nears, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are put to death by a ruthless Parthian queen.
Having grabbed only a few possessions, Myrad escapes the city, and searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, he tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is hiding secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable traveler, an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles begins.
With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget and the promise that the world will never be the same.
The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr is a wonderful story. It features what could have been or what it would have been like to be a one of the magi back in the Biblical times. I found the entire book interesting from a historical perspective, as well as from a fictional one.
The only story I can remember about any magi is the one where they fled a king searching to kill the newborn, Jesus. They finally find Jesus and give him gifts. Leaving the child king behind, they warn his parents of the possible danger to come.
In this fictional novel, I beyond curious. The cover caught my attention. Only one of the magi was on the cover instead of the three like I have come to know. Only this story digs deep where the Bible hasn’t. It takes me back in time, showing me what the dangerous times were like and the risks of being a magi.
Magi are known for being wise men. This story is about a young magi fulfilling his father’s destiny. He too goes on to become a magi. But it will take everything he has to survive his journey.
The writer made this one character so believable. I truly felt as though I traveled through time. Myrad is a likable protagonist. He is determined to fulfill a prophecy even if he’s not sure if it will happen or not. Overall, this book was wonderful. A great read for the Christmas holiday. I would recommend this book to all Christian readers. The End of the Magi was beautifully written.